Scottish Winter Mountain Courses

Winter hillwalking, mountaineering and climbing in Scotland, and in particular on Ben Nevis, is world famous. We offer courses for everyone, whether you are just starting out or have years of experience under your belt.

Scotland is renown for its challenging conditions, which we are grateful for as they are essential to build up the ice and rime which makes winter climbing here so unique. Winter mountaineering, ice climbing and hillwalking activities are invariably affected by the weather and the current snow and ice conditions. To enjoy this challenging environment it is just as important to develop your skills and understand the hazards as it is to experience your dream route or develop your climbing technique.

All of our guides and instructors that work on our Scottish winter courses have excellent local knowledge accumulated over many years of personal winter walking and climbing. They are able to ensure that the most is made of every day in the mountains meaning anyone attending with us will gain useful insights on how to plan your day and get the best out of it, even during the most challenging weather.


Customer Reviews

  • 5 star rating Best Trip of our Vacation Ken was absolutely amazing. He promised us an amazing experience out in the mountains and just the right amount of adventure. He exceeded all of our expectations. I don't usually take time to write a review but this one deserves it. Thank you and see you next year!!!

    Alan16021602 18 Oct 2019

    5 star rating Cuillin Ridge Sept 2019 I had a fantastic experience going around the Cuillin ridge with Ken for a few days in Sept.
    I had booked onto one of the courses but as the date got closer Ken had confirmed that I was the only person booked in, very refreshing to hear from Ken that he was more than happy for it just it be me and it was not an issue. Great customer service....
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    dazthebagger 17 Oct 2019

    5 star rating Guided ascents of Inaccessible Pinnacle and Am Basteir Our guide, Tom Sylvester was first rate. He was enthusiastic but reassuring to my nervous wife who wasn't at all sure she really wanted to go up the In Pinn. The ascent was expertly led and now she feels so chuffed to have done it. Next day was wet and I found Am Basteir much more difficult than on my previous, dry, ascents but Tom provided the necessary expertise for... read more

    PetesBeat 03 Oct 2019
  • 5 star rating Ben Nevis 21st Sept Had a wonderful experience with West Coast Mountain Guides, our guide Si
    was very informative and patient. He met us at our Hotel and escorted us to
    Morrisons for some provisions. Cannot thank him enough for an amazing day, the weather was very kind to us and the views breath taking. Highly recommended.

    Julie S 03 Oct 2019

    5 star rating Aonach Eagach Ridge I can’t recommend them enough.
    Jon the guide was very knowledgable, professional and also provided a good laugh.
    You could ask him anything about the mountains and the Aonach Eagach ridge and you would get an answer.

    homar6 24 Sep 2019

    5 star rating Brilliant Guiding Ali was a great guide, weather was poor but he still managed to get me up all 11 of the Cuillins in three days. Process of booking via WCMG was good and was kept informed throughout.

    RichMountain 23 Sep 2019
  • 5 star rating Great guides in challenging weather I have booked the Cuillin Munros course to add those 11 difficult munros to my Munro list. I was hoping for great weather in September, but Scottish weather has a mind of its own:D It was raining all the time and wind was very strong at times. We were a big group of 8 people - started as complete strangers - finished the mountains as a happy, great working team.... read more

    Katarzyna Anna K 23 Sep 2019

    5 star rating Curved Ridge scramble West Coast Mountain Guides are a great team, very responsive and accurate from initial inquiries all the way through to the day of the climb. The route had to be changed the day before due to weather and Ken was very clear about what we would be doing, where we would be, and what to bring for the trip. Malcolm was a patient, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic guide who shared his... read more

    forrest-kirkpatrick 18 Sep 2019

    5 star rating Great experience all around! Dear Ken and Malcolm,
    We just wanted to say a huge thank you for our great adventure on Saturday up Curved Ridge.

    Even though we were quite unlucky with the weather, we thought that you really put an effort in making sure we had a great time regardless of the weather – both with regards to the support and communication via email ahead of the day and the guiding...
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    cbonsi 18 Sep 2019
  • 5 star rating Epic hike into the Knoydart wilderness West Coast Mountain Guides are a great outfit. I got in touch with them to organise a bespoke hiking trip for myself and 3 friends with mixed abilities and goals - my own was to get out in to the wild and summit a few munros which needed to be balanced with a more "relax and enjoy nature" approach of the others. They were hands on from the start and... read more

    geonwilliams 15 Sep 2019

    5 star rating guided trip on the in pin booked one day 1.1 guide for the accent of the in pin with west coast early 2019 every think went according to plan the weather helped being a nice sunny day my guide for the day was Josh who put me at ease from the start as i am not a climber the accent of the in pin was clearly explained to me as was the approach i would... read more

    KNOTTA12 10 Sep 2019

    5 star rating Mountain guide and accommodation. This is the second time I have used West Coast Mountain Guides for my climb of the Ledge Route of Ben Nevis.
    On both occasions I have been delighted with both their hospitality and their professionalism .
    This year our mountain Guide Mehmet made us both feel very competent in completing our climb.
    After all our safety checks including clothing etc, we made our way to the base of our climb. All...
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    75deborah2015 07 Sep 2019